Stedham Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request; a copy of the policy can be found on this website. Other policies are written in light of the latest child protection legislation eg Safer Recruitment, Code of Conduct, etc
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will try to ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Our Child Protection Lead: Malcolm Meaby (Head Teacher)
Deputy Child Protection Officer: Nick Tidey (Head Teacher)
Our Safeguarding governor: Tamsin Cormack
Contact via the school office: 01730 813522 or email [email protected]
Worried about someone’s safety or your own safety – information for children on information page of school website
Click the link below for the Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Policy
All newly appointed staff have a criminal record search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or who have previously had allegations made against them. If staff are found to have a criminal record their appointment is reconsidered by the Head Teacher and members of the Governing Body. The Local Authority is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The Headteacher sits on all appointment panels. The Headteacher and some members of the Governing Body have undertaken training on Safer Recruiting.
New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for the induction period. It is the responsibility of the mentor to familiarise new staff with procedures and policy which affect the health and safety of all at the school but especially the children.
Induction of Volunteers and Work Experience candidates
Long term volunteers and volunteer drivers must also have DBS clearance. For extended or unsupervised contact with children a full DBS search will be initiated. Until clearance is given, contact remains supervised by staff.
Stedham Primary School, like many others in West Sussex, have signed up to be part of Operation Encompass. The aim of this national initiative is to support children, in some situations, who have been party to domestic violence situations at their home address which has required the police to attend. If you wish for more information please click the link: www.operationencompass.org